Volunteer in the Parks

Let your park enthusiasm translate to volunteering! The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to fully restore the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the Conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.

Second Saturdays

Throughout the Emerald Necklace
Second Saturday of the month | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Assist Emerald Necklace staff and volunteer leaders with park maintenance, ecological restoration and invasive species management work! Tasks can range from trash cleanups to invasive plant species removal to plantings. We will work throughout the Emerald Necklace (from Charlesgate to Franklin Park) on various restoration and maintenance projects throughout the year.

2021 Second Saturday Dates:

June 12, 2021

July 10, 2021

August 14, 2021

September 11, 2021

October 9, 2021

November 13, 2021

Dates may be adjusted due to maintenance needs, staffing, and weather. The volunteer field season is tentative to seasonal conditions... .

Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
June – September | Tuesday evenings,  5:30pm – 7:30 pm

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools are provided.

To register for a Tuesdays with Roses event, click on a date below to go to its registration page. Please note that we can only accommodate ten volunteers for an event.

2021 Dates:

June 8, 2021

June 15, 2021

June 22, 2021

June 29, 2021

August 10, 2021

August 17, 2021

August 24, 2021

August 31, 2021

Dates may be adjusted due to garden maintenance needs or weather. The beginning and end of the Tuesdays with Roses season is tentative to seasonal conditions.

Muddy River Cleanup

Throughout the Emerald Necklace

April 2022
Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy at the annual Muddy River Cleanup! Give back to your community and enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Emerald Necklace parks while picking up litter, removing invasive species and assisting with park maintenance.

Check back here in early 2022 for information on the Muddy River Cleanup and how you can participate!

To Volunteer:

What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.

What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.

What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!

What about the weather: Projects are weather-dependent.

Questions? Contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org for more information.

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.

We are excited to welcome you back to the reopened Shattuck Visitor Center at 125 The Fenway!

Visit us Weds-Friday from 9:30-5:00 to learn about the Necklace, pick up a free map or use our public restrooms. Hours will be expanding, so check for updates at http://bit.ly/3gLzsBb

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